Legends, history, £6k and tens of thousands of Celtic fans


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 9-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day at Aberdour in Fife, yesterday.  The event, auctions and raffles leading up to it raised £6000, the bulk of which will go to the 1254125 appeal, while some will go to Clic Sargent, who help families with children with that dreadful disease.

Lisbon Lion, Willie Wallace, and his wife Olive, were fantastic guests, who enjoyed spending a day with 70 or so friends.  It doesn’t matter how far away Lisbon Lions live, you always find them the same way.

My sincere thanks to everyone who came along, bid of the auctions or bought a raffle ticket, all in aid of people you will never know. Thank you from all of us to John, Kevin and John, for their stressful work in pulling the event together, for the ninth year!

125 years ago a handful of people, living in a community devastated by hunger, destitution and TB, but who could make a difference, decided they would make a difference.  As a result, Celtic was born.  Celtic is not just something to brighten up your weekends, it’s not purely there to build friendships or to create common-interests across the generations, it is a movement you are required participate in.

The clarion call to all Celtic fans this year is to do more than just put your hand in your pocket, the spirit which gave birth to the concept of Celtic will only survive if those who can get involved, inspire a fresh generation by doing so.

Go register for 1254125, and commit to doing something to raise £125.  It can be anything.  You can walk a 1888 meters, go to the barbers and get a baldy to celebrate the signing of Amido Balde, it doesn’t need to be as ambitious as the 150 brave souls who right this very moment are atop Ben Nevis about to undertake the world’s highest huddle.

If you believe in this club, don’t leave it to someone else to take care of what’s important.  The same goes for your season ticket.  It has been over a century since we have been as close to the founding spirit of our club, but the sporting dramas which inspire us all are not achieved by new strikers, they are the fruits of tens of thousands fans buying season tickets.

Go stake your claim on Celtic.

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  1. The Token Tim on

    Afternoon all,



    was an absolute pleasure as always to take part in the gowf day at Aberdour yesterday.


    Weather was excellent for the golf, much to the surprise of most of us given the forecast!



    Was good to meet up with a lot of old friends and also to meet new ones. BRTH was good to meet you. You and Willie were a great double act.



    To echo Paul67, John, Kev and John, thanks for all your hard work and effort. Excellent stuff.



    Pity about my golfing “prowess” or lack of……but that 1st shot at the 1st tee made my day regardless :-)






  2. Afternoon all



    Just playing a CD sent to me by Brian of the Sydney City CSC of a 1964 live recording of a band called the High Numbers . It’s quite crude though at one point they do quite a spirited take of Jimmy Giuffre’s Train on The River.



    Shame they never made it.





  3. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    a stor


    Yes st paul’s – the old primary school on dumbarton rd – before the current church was built

  4. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    A Stor Mo Chroi. It’s also on the PBS Channel tonight at 6.00pm.

  5. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    A Stor



    I will probably remember your dad and possibly even yourself as when it comes to stuff like that I have the memory of an elephant for all sorts of things– although ask me about half an hour ago and I can forget my own name!






    The pleasure was mine and as I said at the end it has just been a bhoy’s dream to kick about with Willie for a few weeks– we hit it off on a personal basis and he is just such a nice man– unlike that upstart Blantyre Kev who tried to imply publicly that I am a fanny…..!



    Jeez that info has been public for decades with yon midget shouting it from behind his toadstool lol.



    No, it was a great day and a huge amount of effort by the two John’s and Taggsy.



    Also a huge shout goes out to my second cousin Pat McGinley for organising and providing all those shirts and umbrellas etc for charity.



    If you are lurking Pat that was just fantastic … and I am sorry about the Lubo/Madden/Venglos story…..

  6. Gordon-j backing neil lennon



    I dunno what happened to them, probably ended up working at a fish farm or similar




  7. Winning captains- re: WW book & WH Smiths. The manager of said store on Argyle Street is one of the biggest Tims you could meet! I’ll put pressure on him when next we meet. Alternatively, bring a copy of the book in and ask for Brian.



    I’m 100% sure he would want to organise a book signing session.



    Get my details off Paul if you want.



    Ps. New phone so don’t have B’s mobile but can go and see him.




  8. Good afternoon all, just like to post my thanks to John, Kevin and John and of course to the Staff of Aberdour Golf Club, for another memorable day.



    Thanks also to PFAyr for the lift up. I was first dropped off on by Bus from the West, God knows what time the rest of Bhoys got home. The trip home was enhanced by some community singing.



    I trust PFAyr got oldtim safely home.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  9. The Battered Bunnet on




    BlantyreKev didn’t try to imply anything. He was downright forthright!

  10. leftclicktic on

    Lennybhoy…Supporting Neil Lennon and CFC until I die


    All this writing about what a memorable day it was yesterday and not a mention of your podium :))

  11. tommytwiststommyturns on

    AoW – big Brian has been with WH Smith for a long time (and Menzies before that), so he might be able to help convince the company to stock the book.


    Hope it works out.




  12. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan:



    When I eventually organise to meet up with Canamalar in the Dolphin I’ll hope to see you there too.



    I’ve just remembered the name of the pub that was straight across from your shop, The Masonic Arms. Strangely, with a name like that, it wasn’t.

  13. Leftclicktic



    That track is on the album. Looking like – especially that guitarist – I’m not surprised they never made it.




  14. The Comfortable Collective on

    “KIERAN Prior, the man who this week invested £400,000 in Rangers”



    Thus starts todays article in todays Scotsman “newspaper”.



    Now given that the bold Kieran has simply bought shares in the company which runs a football club it appears that the Scotsman Is telling us that they are one and the same.



    Until of course it is liquidated. When they will without shame state entirety the opposite view.



    P.s. he has of course invested not one thin dime in sevco. He has simply bought shares off someone, with the £400k going straight into this ‘someone’s pocket.



    Lazy journalism.

  15. T4 – aye you obviously know him. Talk the hind legs etc . .. But good guy. hope I’m not jumping the gun but he would love to have WW in his shop I’m sure..



    Ps how do you know him if U don’t mind me asking?

  16. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    a stor


    Can’t remember the priest -only there till i was 7 -the church was upstairs in the old school -i remember moving to toryglen but going back a few weeks later for my first holy communion.

  17. tommytwiststommyturns on

    AoW – mutual friends in Broomhill, including D Smith who I travel to all home games with. We might have met previously in the Smiddy or the Dolphin?




  18. A Stor Mo Chroi on

    Gene’s a Bhoy’s name:



    Pity mate, Father Trainor was a rebel’s rebel; albeit constrained by a Roman collar, but he dreamed the dreams that we all love to dream and he knew all the words to all the songs that we knew and those we wished we knew too.

  19. T4- our paths must have crossed:-) In at least one of those fine watering holes. I missed his 50th so he might not be speaking to me;-)



    HH bud

  20. Afternoon CQNers, had an absolute blast yesterday at the golf, my wee baldy heid is red raw.


    Big thanks to monteblanco and that Kenyan African team ( you know what I mean Tam, hopefully do Bonnington soon ) for picking me up in the morning, you deserve a medal for driving that bus home, what time did you get home at?



    Hope you all enjoy the Roses concert. It was good meeting loads of CQNers whom I hadn’t met before, BRT&H, Taggsybhoy ( thanks to Mrs Taggsybhoy for the roll and bacon, trust 1 person to not only ask for sausages, but TWO, greedy bassa. ),albertkidd,monteblanco,john (my back up singer oan the bus) and a lot more and my 2 playing partners,curly and John Clark.




    Just coming to life now, hangover not too bad because I stayed off the hard stuff for most of the day until ACGR gave me a shot from his hip flask, my first CQN Open and heres to many more.



    Hail Hail

  21. The High Numbers?!



    Went on a ‘detour’ just before that.



    Shame they never made it – had potential.





    As promised earlier,a repost of LIVIBHOY which might have been missed from the last article.







    13:26 on 15 June, 2013


    On the subject of OO walks.


    My dads auntie who was a total character and Celtic daft was in Glasgow City Centre in the 60′s or 70′s. She got to the middle of Sauchiehall Street and the walk was coming down and they were told to wait until they have to cross the street. Whilst standing there a guy joined her at the crossing in a rather fetching royal blue suit. He turned to her and said



    ‘Enjoying the walk hen? Here come the Scottish champions!’



    She replied saying



    ‘I need to get on my way got mass this evening’



    His face was a picture apparently and as he observed the bands in full flight she burned a hole in his beautiful suit with her fag.



    She must have had a few prayers to say at the next confessional. I would say it was worth it!








    As ESTADIO would say…..




  23. RalphWaldoEllison remembers ALS victims Jimmy Jonstone & John Cushley on

    Huge well done to all involved with the golf day and the fundraising.



    Thank you.




  24. whitedoghunch



    Beach football?!






    Much prefer beach volleyball – the female variety because they are so much more agile and skilfull.



    Imo, of course!




  25. paddybhoy1888 on

    Great day out at the golf yesterday. Thanks to the main men for organising a terrific day and night and raising an outstanding amount for our good causes.



    Still a small amount of brollies and shirts left. If anyone wasn’t there and wants to show off CQN on their local course or abroad on holiday get in touch £20 for each



    Hail hail to one and all Paddybhoy

  26. Leftclicktic


    You mentioned you had colitis the other night. Have you been prescribed azothioprine (?) You can only take it for a few years but it was the best medication I had. You can tell me to b@££&r of and mind my own business…

  27. tommytwiststommyturns on

    AoW – I haven’t seen Brian in a long time, usually bump into him somewhere in West End.


    Will you defo speak to him about promoting the WW book? I think he could be a really useful contact for the guys trying to get the book into the stores.






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